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PROSECUTOR general Johannes Tomana was arrested Friday on new criminal abuse of office charges and is expected in court next week.

President Robert Mugabe this week suspended Tomana and appointed a tribunal to establish whether he should not be fired altogether.

The PG is currently on trial for improper conduct after dropping charges against suspects accused of trying to bomb a dairy company owned by Mugabe's family.

On Friday Tomana had successfully applied for the presiding magistrate in that case to recuse himself when he was arrested over corruption trial from 2009.

"He has been arrested by the same officers from Law and Order who initially arrested him on the charges he is currently on trial for," said Tomana's lawyer Advocate Thabani Mpofu.

"They added five more charges of criminal abuse of office for things he is alleged to have done when he was still the Attorney-General."

National police spokesman Charity Charamba added: "He has been arrested and is facing five counts of criminal abuse of office as a public officer or alternatively defeating the course of justice."

The charges relate to the corruption trials of ex-Zanu PF legislator Bright Matonga and former Zupco board chairman Professor Charles Nherera.

Tomana is accused of improper conduct after allegedly enabling the acquittal of Prof Nherera in the corruption case.

He also refused to prosecute Zanu PF legislator Munyaradzi Kereke over rape allegations, resulting in the courts ordering private prosecution.

Source: New Zimbabwe